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Itihaser Dharay, Moulana Bhashani
Author: Nazmul Huq Nannu
Publisher: Nabarag Prakashani
Pages: 192, Price Taka 280
This book by Nazmul Huq Nannu, an ardent lover and supporter of the ideals of Moulana Bhashani, undisputed leader of the toiling masses of Bangladesh, depicts the man as he was, his works and struggles with a keen eye for accuracy and is so attractive that a reader would love to eye through all the pages in one breath.
The political life and works of Moulana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhashani that span 80 years are so eventful and have made so permanent marks on the turn of events in Bangladesh and Assam that without a reference to his struggle a complete understanding of what has emerged as Bangladesh today is impossible.
An advocate of the Bangladesh Supreme Court Nazmul Huq Nannu had first hand knowledge of the great leader as the general secretary of the Purba Bangla Chhatra Union which later came to be known as Bangla Chhtra Union after the Independence of the country. It is thus quite natural that as one of the leaders of the 1969 mass movement which was fomented by Moulana Bhashani, the author knew many specific details of how the leader was like as a man and as a preacher.
Moulana Bhashani stood for ideals and never ran after power. As the founder president of the Muslim Awami League which he later renamed Awami League, the Moulana did not hesitate to strongly oppose the then Prime Minister of Pakistan Hosyin Shaheed Suhrawardy of his own party when in his view the PM's policies contradicted with those of the Party.
In the present context of out national life what is of supreme importance is the incorruptible character traits of Moulana Bhashani which need to be introduced to the new generation of Bangladeshis to whom politics and corruption have turned almost synonymous.
This book will meet this demand to a great extent.
The British rulers had termed Mohan Das Karam Chand Gandhi as 'Seditious Saint' when he launched the historic non-cooperation movement. Moulana Bhashani launched seditions against all injustices starting from his days in Assam before the Partition of India to the Farakka Long March only months before his death in 1976. It was but for his contributions that the historic language movement, the mass movements of 1968 and 1969 were crowned with success and laid the foundation of the subsequent movement for the Independence of Bangladesh.
As president of the Bhashani Smriti Sangsad Nazmul Huq Nannu has done a great work, to keep on record his own experiences on the life and struggle of the great man who would continue to inspire Bangladeshis for all times to come. I believe taking the cue from him others having personal knowledge and impressions about this great leader should keep those on record in the form of books, collection of speeches of Moulana Bhashani, and articles on this illustrious leader of soil.
The cover by Sahidul Islam Roni, depicting Moulana Bhashani on hunger strike reflects the struggling life of the late leader and has increased the attraction of the book.
I believe the book will attract a wide readership among people irrespective of political and ideological divides.
-Mostafa Kamal Majumder
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